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Ground Broken Near
Bowling Green for First Ohio Utility Size 'Wind Farm'; Two Turbines
to Be Completed This Year
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, -- Green Mountain Energy
Company, American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio) and the City of
Green today broke ground for the construction of two wind turbines
Bowling Green, south of Toledo. The "wind farm" is expected to be
and generating power by the end of the year. Tied to the electric
through a Bowling Green Municipal Utilities substation, this will be
utility size wind farm in the state.
Plans call for the wind farm to be built on county-owned land seven
west of Bowling Green, along Ohio Route 6, near the Wood County
would consist of two, 1.8 megawatt wind turbines mounted on 257-foot
with three, 132-foot blades attached to each unit. At its highest
tip of a blade is taller than a 30-story building. Combined, the
generate approximately 6.9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity
enough to power approximately 785 homes.
"Green Mountain Energy Company came to Ohio two years ago with a
commitment to make pollution-free generation a reality in Ohio,"
Markovich, the company's senior vice president of U.S. markets.
grade wind soon will be a reality in Ohio and this is just the
AMP-Ohio President Marc Gerken called the wind farm a great
for its member communities. "We are committed to assisting our
communities in diversifying their generation portfolios. This
includes exploring the increased use of renewable energy resources
generation of power. We're very excited about this project."
"This project represents a milestone for the city," Bowling Green
Director Daryl Stockburger said. "In recent years, we have renewed
dedication to alternative energy sources and
generation. We are proud to be the host site for Ohio's first
Stockburger also recognized Green Energy Ohio (GEO), which promotes
sustainable energy policies, for sharing the wind testing data it
for several years in the Bowling Green area. He said that without
research, construction of the wind farm would have been delayed at
About Green Mountain Energy Company:
Green Mountain Energy Company
electricity service generated from sources including wind, solar,
geothermal, biomass, and natural gas. More than half a million
California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, and Texas have chosen Green Mountain Energy(R)
electricity -- electricity that is dramatically cleaner than typical
system power in those states. The Austin,
Texas-based company was founded in 1997 with a mission to "change
power is made."
American Municipal Power-Ohio
www.amp-ohio.org is the Columbus, Ohio- based nonprofit
wholesale power supplier and services provider for 81 member
municipal electric systems in Ohio, four in Pennsylvania, two in
and one in Michigan. The organization provides a diverse mix in its
generation resources, which in addition to fossil fuel, includes
hydroelectric, landfill gas and distributed generation. Formed in
organization is owned and governed by its member communities and is
dedicated to providing member assistance and low-cost power supply.
In addition, AMP- Ohio serves as the project manager for groups of
member municipal electric communities participating in joint
ventures to share ownership of generation and transmission
Wind-Generated Electricity In Ohio's History
Today's wind farm groundbreaking is a second historic event
Ohio and wind powered electricity. In 1898, Cleveland inventor
built the first large-scale wind-powered electricity generator. Born
Euclid in 1849, Brush was a restless backyard tinkerer and clever
entrepreneur. A child prodigy, by age 15 he had built electrical
microscopes and telescopes for school friends.
Brush graduated from the University of Michigan in 1869, with a
mining engineering. He is best remembered for his dynamo and arc
which illuminated a Cincinnati physician's home in 1878 and later,
Public Square in 1879. These and more than 50 patented innovations
made Brush a wealthy man. His company, Brush Electric Company,
merged with other companies that eventually formed General Electric.
Brush constructed his wind-powered turbine behind his Euclid Avenue
mansion. It also may have been his most conspicuous creation. The
40-ton wrought iron tower held the windmill's wheel which measured
diameter, had 144 blades and a sail surface of 1,800 square feet.
was 60 feet long and 20 feet wide. A 20-foot shaft inside the tower
pulleys and belts, which at top performance spun a dynamo at 500
per minute. The dynamo was connected to 408 batteries in Brush's
These dry cells illuminated 350 incandescent lamps and operated
motors and two arc lights. The whole contraption produced 12
kilowatts at its
peak. The windmill reportedly lasted for 20 years. (Source: Green